Tanya Pilbersek, today is your 50th birthday and the 65th anniversary of the censure of Joseph McCarthy by the US Senate.
Today I remind you of the great words of one of the pioneers of the long campaign to bring McCarthy under control. On June 1st 1950 Senator Margaret Smith of Maine said to the Senate: “Freedom of speech is not what it used to be in America. It has been so abused by some that it is not exercised by others.”
Senator Smith took a courageous stand against what she called “hate and character assassination”
Today I ask you, Tanya Pilbersek, to repudiate the misandry of #metoo and White Ribbon Day which has created a climate of fear where an elected people’s representative of your political party can use the police against freedom of speech and not be held to account.
I call on you to unequivocally reject the sexist campaign to end violence against women. This is a gross affront to all male victims of violence.
Today, on the day of your birth, I, writing as a former midwife of 3 decades standing, ask you to remember all mothers and recant your politically motivated opposition to Tony Abbott’s sadly ill fated but ground breaking proposal for a more generous paid parental leave scheme.
Mr Abbott wanted to tax the biggest companies in Australia to give all mothers 6 months 100% income replacement for income up to $150,00 a year.
You said that this showed his “lack of respect” for women.
The truth is that you showed your lack of respect for mothers.
Shame on you.
Geoff Fox, Terra Nullius, 2nd December, 2019